Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blue Valentine (2010)

Director: Derek Cianfrance. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka, John Doman. 112 min. Rated R. Drama.

The formation and disintegration of a male-female relationship, told through flashbacks and flash-forwards in documentary-style closeup; sometimes boring, sometimes sadistic. The movie predominantly shows the male side as the villain, and the female as the victim. I was planning on giving this a Soso, but then thought - wait a minute. The girl left the fence open for the dog to run out. The girl lured the boy in. The girl promiscuously got pregnant. The girl stopped the abortion. Rash behavior by the guy, as a result of being victimized by the girl. And the girl plays innocent all along.

(Favorite scene: Gosling idiotically plays and sings, while Williams idiotically dances, in the street.)

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